OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
July 16, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Buckhannon Resident Arrested
on Methamphetamine Charges
ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — A 29 year old Buckhannon, West Virginia, resident was arrested on July 7, 2009, on charges contained in an Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Elkins, West Virginia, on June 16, 2009.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that BRUCE ALAN DAVIDSON, JR. was named in a 26-count drug Indictment, along with co-defendant JEREMY BROWN, age 34, also of Buckhannon.
DAVIDSON and BROWN are named in Count One of the Indictment charging them with conspiring to manufacture more than 50 grams of methamphetamine from the Fall of 2005 to June 2009 in Upshur County, West Virginia, and elsewhere.
DAVIDSON was named in 24 additional counts. DAVIDSON is charged with one count of possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and 23 counts of possession of Pseudoephedrine to be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
BROWN was named in three additional counts. BROWN is charged with two counts of possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of Pseudoephedrine to be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment and a fine of $4,000,000 on the conspiracy count; a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession of material counts; and a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the possession of Pseudoephedrine counts.
DAVIDSON is currently free on bond. Law enforcement officers are seeking the arrest of BROWN.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.
It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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